syncretism

UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈsɪŋkrɪˌtɪzəm/US:USA pronunciation: respellingUSA pronunciation: respelling(singkri tiz′əm, sin-)


WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
syn•cre•tism  (singkri tiz′əm, sin-),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. the attempted reconciliation or union of different or opposing principles, practices, or parties, as in philosophy or religion.
  2. Linguistics[Gram.]the merging, as by historical change in a language, of two or more categories in a specified environment into one, as, in nonstandard English, the use of was with both singular and plural subjects, while in standard English was is used with singular subjects (except for you in the second person singular) and were with plural subjects.
  • Greek synkrētismós union of Cretans, i.e., a united front of two opposing parties against a common foe, derivative of synkrēt(ízein) to syncretize + -ismos -ism
  • Neo-Latin syncretismus
  • 1610–20;
syn•cret•ic  (singkri tiz′əm, sin-),USA pronunciation  syn•creti•cal, syn•cre•tis•tic  (singkri tiz′əm, sin-),USA pronunciation adj.  syncre•tist, n. 

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
syncretism /ˈsɪŋkrɪˌtɪzəm/ n
  1. the tendency to syncretize
  2. the historical tendency of languages to reduce their use of inflection, as in the development of Old English with all its case endings into Modern English
Etymology: 17th Century: from New Latin syncrētismus, from Greek sunkrētismos alliance of Cretans, from sunkrētizein to join forces (in the manner of the Cretan towns), from syn- + Krēs a Cretan

syncretic /sɪŋˈkrɛtɪk/, ˌsyncreˈtistic adj ˈsyncretist n
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